She wept openly at the funeral of her husband Prince Henrik two months ago.
But Denmark’s Queen Margrethe drew on the support of her family on Monday as she marked her 78th birthday without her spouse of 50 years, beaming and waving from the balcony of Amalienborg Palace surrounded by loved ones.
The Danish Queen appeared to be in a jovial mood as she greeted the crowds in Copenhagen flanked by her adorable grandchildren – and these images of the occasion suggest the high spirits of seven-year-old Princess Josephine in particularly may have proved infectious.
The playful Princess, who is the daughter of Margrethe’s son Prince Frederik and his wife, Crown Princess Mary, managed to steal the show with her cheeky antics for the cameras.
In contrast to her twin brother, Prince Vincent, who was impeccably behaved on the balcony, Josephine was snapped playfully covering her eyes and peeping out from behind her hands, apparently unbeknownst to her mother, who was standing behind her brood.
Josephine’s antics were eventually spotted by her laughing older sister, Princess Isabella, who quickly urged her younger sibling to uncover her eyes – at which point Josephine delivered a solemn wave to the crowd.
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Royal support: Queen Margrethe, who turned 78 on Monday, seen centre, was joined on the balcony by (from left) Princess Josephine, Princess Isabella, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Vincent, Prince Christian, Princess Marie, Prince Joachim (just seen), Princess Athena, Prince Felix, Prince Nikolai, and Prince Henrik
Playful Princess: Josephine, the daughter of Margrethe’s son Crown Prince Frederik and his wife May, cheekily covered her eyes as her brothers and sister waved from the balcony
Spotting what her little sister was up to, a laughing Princess Isabella, 10, appeared to urge her to uncover her eyes
Give us a wave! Princess Josephine, wearing a tweed coat dress and with a smart navy blue band in her hair, did eventually offer a wave – albeit with a very solemn expression on her face
Footage posted on the Danish royal family’s Facebook page captured the Queen stepping out first on to the central balcony, to wave to crowds gathered below, before her son Prince Joachim and his family emerged onto another balcony to her left, and the family of Prince Frederik – who did not appear – to her right.
At Queen Margrethe’s side on her special day were her son, Prince Joachim, his wife Princess Marie, and their two children; Prince Henrik, eight, and six-year-old Princess Athena.
Fledgling runway model Prince Nikolai, Joachim’s 18-year-old son with his first wife, Alexandra, was also there, along with the former couple’s 15-year-old, Prince Felix.
Also missing was the Queen’s eldest son and heir apparent, Crown Prince Fredrik, but his wife, Crown Princess Mary, and their four children, Christian, 12, Isabella, 10, and seven-year-old twins Josephine and Vincent were all at his mother’s side.
The Queen’s husband Henrik died on February 13 this year, following a short illness.
Was that a yawn, Josephine? The seven-year-old Princess appeared to stifle a yawn at one point as the royal family posed for photographs on the balcony of the palace in Copenhagen
All smiles: The Queen of Denmark marked her 78th birthday in Copenhagen on Monday. She has been on the throne since January 1972
Crown Princess Mary, wearing a red dress, stood proudly behind her brood, (left to right) Princess Isabella, twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, and Prince Christian
Crown Princess Mary, surrounded by her children Princess Isabella, 10, seven-year-old twins Josephine and Vincent, and 12-year-old Prince Christian, looked glamorous in a red dress
Proud grandmother: Queen Margrethe, seen left smiling at her grandson Prince Vincent on the palace balcony on Monday, was married to the late Henrik, pictured right in 2017, for 50 years
The Queen’s other daughter-in-law, Princess Marie, was also on the balcony with her husband Prince Joachim and their children Prince Henrik and Princess Athena. Prince Nikolai, the son of Prince Joachim and his first wife, Alexandra, and a fledgling catwalk model, was also there
Crown Prince Frederik was not seen on the palace balcony on Monday, but his wife and their four children were at his mother’s side on her birthday
Brotherly love: At one point Prince Christian appeared to gently remove something from his little brother Vincent’s face
Thousands of Danes lined the streets to pay their respects to Henrik, who died in his sleep at the age of 83, at his funeral.
Following his death, his coffin was taken on a stately procession through the streets of northern Copenhagen to Amalienborg Palace.
An emotional Princess Josephine was photographed being comforted by her mother, Crown Princess Mary, at the sombre occasion.
Dapper Princes: Josephine’s twin brother Prince Vincent (below left) delivered an angelic performance for the cameras, while his mother and grandmother were snapped smiling proudly at he and his older brother
While his cousin Josephine stole much of the limelight at the palace on Monday, the Queen’s oldest grandchild, Prince Nikolai, has been getting his fair share of attention of light.
The dashing 18-year-old Prince has signed a contract with Scoop Models in Denmark, and he’s already walked the runway for Burberry, joining supermodel Cara Delevingne in the label’s London Fashion Week presentation, which was watched by the likes of Kate Moss and Idris Elba from the front row.
The Queen wore a vibrant blue blouse beneath a pin-striped belted jacket, and matched her earrings to her blue top